Seeking the most appropriate treatment for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure
After thoroughly checking your health, including any possible Diabetes complications, your doctor will choose the best treatment for you. If you need medication, he’ll try to prescribe the lowest dose that can help, and will then increase the dose or change the type of medication if hypertension hasn’t been adequately controlled. It’ll probably take you and your doctor several weeks to get a treatment that leads to the best control with the fewest side effects. Usually it’s advisable to begin a treatment based on calcium channel blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors), angiotensin II antagonists and alpha blockers. Currently these are the most recommended medicines to control hypertension in people with Diabetes, because these have few adverse side effects and generally don’t worsen Diabetes complications.
When a medicine based treatment is started, it can have minor side effects such as headaches, depression, sleep problems, fatigue, etc.; these problems generally disappear a few days later, when the body adapts to the medicine. If, however, the symptoms persist, your doctor may change your medication or dosage. Remember that you should always tell him of any medical problems that may arise.
Hypertension is a chronic disease that lasts a lifetime, however, sometimes it’s possible to reduce medication doses over time, especially if you lose weight, exercise more and have a proper diet.
Some people with mild hypertension have been able to stop their medications altogether, but remember that you should never stop taking your medicine without your doctor’s orders.
If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked this year, do it soon. Don’t let this silent disease catch you by surprise.
Remember that we should all check our blood pressure levels frequently to make sure everything is fine and, if it isn’t, early detection is vital to prevent the severe damages that hypertension can lead to if it isn’t treated on time. The good news is that if you control your blood pressure levels well, you can enjoy an excellent quality of life.